A loan helped to buy fruits and vegetables.

Clara Emperatriz's story

Clara is 20 years old, single, and is a young woman who enjoys challenges in life. She lives with her mother, grandmother, and brother. Her mother sells food every day. Her grandmother has some slight health problems at the moment. Her brother works in a mechanic shop. Clara does not attend school because she needs to work to help her mother with the household expenses. They are the ones who support the household and they need to buy medicine for her grandmother.

Clara has been selling vegetables and sausages for about two years. She doesn’t have set days to sell, but she does it four days a week and has steady and occasional customers. She rises daily at 5:00 am to travel to the city to buy vegetables and by 7:00 am is back at home to begin her sales route. She gets on her bike and fills a five-gallon bucket with vegetables and she and a young cousin venture out.

She buys the tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, carrots, cabbage, etc. in quantity at the city market and takes advantage of the farmers’ trips to pick up vegetables with her mother. Distributers in the area deliver sausages such as chorizo, franks, and cold cuts.

She will use the money from this loan, through Fundación Campo, to buy more vegetables, since she has orders for December 24. In the past she has not been able to meet the demand and this year she doesn’t want to see history repeated. What she wants is to have her income increase so that she can better provide for the wellbeing of her family. Her dream is to set up a store with her mother so that she doesn’t have to work as hard and can manage the store.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer anonymized.

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